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3 wine mistakes to avoid

If you read my latest post, you’d now know how to bluff your way into looking like an expert. I felt reasonably happy with myself after I received a modest amount of acclaim for dispensing such practical advice to the world.

That is, until a friend reminded me of a horrific escapade that I had thought was firmly locked in the past.531898_10150630079475028_968808346_n

Yes, I have done this, and yes, we drank the wine anyway once it had defrosted. Not proud.

In the spirit of sharing, I have listed a few common wine mistakes whilst gravely praying that you don’t assume I’m guilty of all of them.

Let’s start with the obvious:

1. Putting wine in the freezer and then forgetting about it.
You can rapidly chill a bottle of wine in the freezer, but be careful you don’t leave it in for more than 30 minutes and also be weary that freezing wine changes the properties of it. The liquid expands as it turns into ice, forcing the cork out or breaking the screw cap seal. This can lead to the oxidisation of the wine, or at best leave a painfully sticky mess in your clean white freezer. The safest option is to chill the wine in advance in the fridge or in an ice bucket – click here to read a previous article I wrote on how to chill wine properly.

2. Pouring too much in the glass.
Yes, I know you’ve had a long day and you’re thirsty and it’s the weekend and it’s sunny outside and you’re in the mood to booze. However, none of these are valid excuses for pouring too much wine in your glass. Ideally, fill your glass to slightly less than half way and keep topping up from the bottle. This is not cool:

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3. Not knowing how to open a bottle of wine.
Before the invention of the cork about 300 years ago, wine was sealed by stuffing oil-soaked rags into the bottle, or by pouring olive oil into the bottle to form a layer of oil that prevented the wine from spoiling. Pretty crude (sorry, lame pun). Then corks came along. Nowadays we don’t just benefit from natural cork, but also screw caps, synthetic cork, glass stoppers and zorks (seals like a screw cap and pops like a cork). Know one from the other and how to deal with each of them. (This is an extract from a recent post I wrote on how technology has changed the way we drink wine.)

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On that note, it is Thursday evening, the sun is shining and it’s almost time for a bank holiday weekend. Cheers!

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